ARLINGTON -- Just one day after pitching seven shutout innings in Oakland against the Seattle Mariners, Guillermo Moscoso found himself going down to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Josh Willingham.
While it was a tough break for Moscoso, A's manager Bob Melvin said that he fully expects for Moscoso to be back on the A's 25-man roster very soon.
"I consider him part of this team, and we'll see what happens on the 19th." Melvin said.
"I can't promise him anything, but you've seen this guy pitch. You've seen what he's done for this team. He deserves to be the frontrunner [to return]."
Melvin said that one of the biggest reasons Moscoso went down was that the impending All-Star break, starting on Monday, made it unnecessary to carry the starter through until his next start on the 19th.
"He was sent down because of the fact that there were no more starts for him, at this point, until the end of the first half," Melvin said. "I couldn't use him in long relief here because he just threw 110 pitches. He'll go down, he'll pitch on the 14th. Our next start where we need a fifth starter here is on the 19th."
With reliever Grant Balfour and Willingham coming up for Moscoso and long reliever Graham Godfrey, the A's are ensuring that they will have enough pitchers in the bullpen to go toe-to-toe with the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for four games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
"I spelled it out for him, and he understood there wasn't another start, and he was basically unusable in this series. And in a four-game series in this ballpark, you do need pitching," Melvin said. "We still have an eight-man bullpen, and that's important to have here. In that respect, he understood. But he certainly was disappointed. I feel bad for him."